What is an uncontested divorce?

On Behalf of | Aug 31, 2017 | Family Law | 0 comments

If you are going through a divorce in Tennessee, you have likely found that there are several terms you are unfamiliar with. Many seeking to separate from their spouses wonder what an uncontested divorce is and how it may change certain aspects of their agreement. Findlaw has detailed the specifics of this designation and the benefits it may hold for you.

You may be eligible to file an uncontested divorce if you have no major issues that will require extra court time, such as determinations of property ownership and spousal support, as well as any children who will need a custody arrangement. You also need your spouse to agree to this type of divorce before you can file and realize that, if approved, no further financial support will be offered by either spouse after the divorce is finalized.

The major differences include the time and paperwork involved. Since many of the most complicated aspects of dissolving a marriage do not apply, you will not have to spend time negotiating parenting time and support payments. There will also be no property division, meaning you must each be able to decide which vehicles, furniture and other items of property belong to whom and divide those on your own.

The reduced time and complexity translate to one of the greatest benefits of this type of divorce, which is the financial savings. You will likely spend less time in court and with your attorney, meaning your bill will be lower. Uncontested divorces are also generally completed in much less time than a traditional divorce. This information is intended for your education and should not be taken as legal advice.